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It is rather challenging for a new mom to find 'Me Time'. Self-care doesn't mean one has to spend hours looking into a mirror, even a basic skincare and hair-care routine can be effective and will give the desired result. Major reasons for hair and skin problems are hormonal changes that the body undergoes during pregnancy and lack of sleep making your skin dull and dry. When it comes to hair, hair fall is one of the common concerns which new mothers face and most experience excess hair fall after childbirth.
Fret not! As soon as the hormone levels are back to normal in the body, the hair growth and fall cycle will also return to normal. But this could take several months to a year. So what should you do? Simply try to take care of yourself as much as possible. Most women try to avoid extra medications during pregnancy, this is why home remedies come to the rescue to treat hair fall naturally without worrying about any side effects.
Tips to prevent hair fall:
* Refrain from brushing your hair too much as it may lead to hair fall, especially when the hair is wet, since it's fragile and can break easily.
* Revisit your shampoo and conditioner type. Hormonal changes may bring in a change in scalp type and hair type, use hair products appropriate for scalp type and hair type, sulphate free products are certainly recommended and adding a leave-in cream would be a good option to maintain moisture levels in the hair.
* Avoid tying your hair tightly. Tight hairstyles that pull and stress your hair can aggravate hair fall. Avoid tight braids, cornrows, ponytails, or tight buns. Use soft accessories like scrunchies and keep away tight hairpins.
Refrain from brushing your hair too much as it may lead to hair fall, especially when the hair is wet, since it's fragile and can break easily. Wikimedia
* Healthy dietary habits are the key to having lustrous and healthy hair. Including fresh fruits and vegetables, and protein-rich foods in your diet will help. Also, drink enough water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
* Regularly trimming the ends of your hair can help prevent split ends and dry damaged ends. Additionally, a change in hairstyle will also make you feel good about yourself.
DIY 1: Curry Leaves
* Curry leaves or Kadi Patta are loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and various essential nutrients which help to stimulate hair growth, reduce hair fall and strengthen the hair follicle.
* Boil half cup coconut oil along with half cup curry leaves for 15 minutes and then allow it to cool. Strain the oil and massage your scalp with your fingertips with this oil thrice a week.
Curry leaves or Kadi Patta are loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and various essential nutrients which help to stimulate hair growth, reduce hair fall and strengthen the hair follicle. Photo by Jordan Ling on Unsplash
DIY 2. Methi or Fenugreek seeds:
* Methi or fenugreek seeds are one of the most effective ways to treat hair fall naturally and it also helps to get rid of dandruff.
* Soak ï¿½ teaspoon of fenugreek seeds overnight and strain the water in the morning. Spray/apply this water on your head and allow it to stay for a couple of hours and rinse. This also can be done every alternate day.
* It is normal to lose about 80-100 strands of hair every day because of hair fall during pregnancy, but if you notice more than that then it is a good idea to consult your doctor so that the problem can be investigated further.
Methi or fenugreek seeds are one of the most effective ways to treat hair fall naturally and it also helps to get rid of dandruff. Wikimedia
Skin Care hacks!
Hormonal changes and tiredness that come with being a new parent can cause skin problems too. You may notice dark spots on your face, fine lines, acne, dryness etc. Here are some easy hacks for you to follow as a new mom --
* Try to sleep for 8 hours: We know it's difficult and hard to get the sleep that you need. But if not at night, try to sleep during the daytime when your baby is asleep.
* Share the responsibility with your partner, let the father take care of the baby twice a week while you rest.
* Buy multi-speciality skincare: While you are multi-tasking, let the skin products pull double duty.
* Anti-ageing regimen -- Invest in products that will work on your wrinkles, fine lines, moisturize and act as a sunscreen too. This could be in a night cream or day.
* DIY a baby food facial: If your baby has grown and started eating solids while preparing food for your baby you can also prepare a quick DIY mask for yourself with the same food ingredients like simply mix oatmeal with turmeric and use raw milk for consistency.
Feel revived and see your favourite beautician. Enjoy yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure, body massage or a spa. Photo by Content Pixie on Unsplash
* Must have Eye Cream: When you are deprived of sleep, dark circles are sure to appear. Invest in a good Eye Cream that will help you to get rid of it.
* Pamper yourself: Many moms isolate themselves especially first-time moms. Get some time out from your busy schedule and visit a salon. Feel revived and see your favourite beautician. Enjoy yourself with a facial, pedicure, manicure, body massage or a spa.
* Use a good moisturiser: If you are someone who wants to get rid of your stretch marks, it is important to know that it is a slow and gradual process. They usually start fading over a period of time. There are plenty of creams and oils available that claim to remove stretch marks. However, the majority of these creams are essentially moisturisers and are effective in the long run.
(Article Originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: vanity, sanity, hairfall, new moms, moisturiser, spa, curry leaves, skincare
By Monika Manchanda
Eating fruits is one of the most satisfying ways to tackle sweet-tooth cravings while meeting your nutritional needs. Despite many studies and research on fruit consumption in diabetes, there are a lot of speculations on the right kind of fruit consumption and its relation to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit has many health benefits ranging from reducing sugar and inflammation levels to fighting high blood pressure -- thanks to their abundant vitamins and mineral presence! They are a powerhouse of antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.
The fruits listed below are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate. Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", after all!
Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. | Photo by Pierpaolo Riondato on Unsplash
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well, and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes. Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers. Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well. Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. | Photo by Kristine Wook on Unsplash
Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Pear are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . | Photo by Jo Sonn on Unsplash
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes . Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Diabetics, Apples, Star fruit, Pear, Melons, Kiwi fruit
By Nimerta C Sharan
Your monthly round up of the latest lifestyle launches, from luxury indulgences to artisanal creations, here's what you can look forward to :
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags 'Artycapucines - Chapter 3'. Six internationally -- acclaimed artists have transformed the black canvas of the timeless Capucines bag into beautiful art pieces. Each bag will be available in a limited edition of 200 and will be released worldwide at the end of October 2021.
Exciting news for all handbag lovers, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton recently launched their limited edition handbags. | Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash
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Looking for a quick festive fashion fix for you and your loved ones? E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. The shopping platform has roped in stylista Sonam Kapoor as the face of the sale that will offer more than 2500 brands at discounted prices.
E-commerce giant AJIO has announced it's hottest fashion sale starting September 30, 2021. | Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash
The country's leading design house, Good Earth, in collaboration with textile designer Madeline Weinrib will present its collection of 'butah' motif dinnerware and home textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York. The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe.
The 'Heirloom Project' that honours diverse Islamic design techniques will display curated products from across the globe. | Photo by Jean Vella on Unsplash
Sweet dreams are made of this! Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. Spread over three floors, the bakery currently has twelve macaron flavours, their signature pastries and tea cakes and other brunch and high-tea items on the menu. Bon appetit.
Iconic French patisserie Laduree has opened its first Indian outpost at Delhi's upscale Khan Market. | Pixabay
Bright And Beautiful
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. Inspired by the richness and diversity of Rajasthan, the collection consists of organza and silk saris and shararas, gota lehengas and kurtas and embroidered odhnis. The colours and silhouettes are just right for the upcoming festive season. (IANS/ MBI)
Raw Mango's latest festive edit 'Moomal' goes live on their website on September 26, 2021. | Photo by Souravi Sinha on Unsplash
Keywords: Lifestle, AJIO, sale, Deepika PAdukone, saris, Motifs, artisan, art
Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.
She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.
"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.
She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Kangana Ranaut, Thalaivii, bollywood, stretc marks, actress, tamil cinema